26 September 2012
My Time Machine: The Peacock Caffe'
Nick DeWolf photographs used with permission
Esquire's post Saturday featured a photograph taken at The Peacock Caffe' (1946-2000) in Greenwich Village. A reader commented that the owner kept that same Esquire photo at the cash register. I did some research and discover the Peacock closed in 2000.
I don't know what I'm looking for, but I know why I came. I hope to connect to a place. To these people in the photographs. Usually, what was, is now; TD bank, Starbucks, Duane Reade. You wish the walls could talk. But just to see the place is amazing. I'm in the greatest city in the world with every sort of museum, store, restaurant, park, you name it....but I go to places that aren't there anymore.
I stand at 24 Greenwich Street. Where these people stood 54 years ago. To join them or, at least be close to them, and to know they were here. NYC movie locations are about famous people pretending. The Peacock, that night back in 1958, was about ordinary people living.